Purple Cone Flowers From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

New Freedom, PA
Question by coconutteleg
June 10, 2000
How difficult is it to start purple cone flowers from seed? What is the best way to do this?

Answer from NGA
June 10, 2000


The easiest way to propagate a favorite purple cone flower (Echinacea purpurea) is probably by division of an existing plant, but seeds are not terribly difficult -- they will often self seed in the garden. Standard seed starting procedures would apply, using a small pan of barely dampened soilless mix covered with plastic wrap and set in a bright spot out of direct sun. The soil temperature should be about 70 degrees. If the seeds do not germinate within a month, chill them for two to four weeks and then try again.

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